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Book Review: An Honorable Man (Men of Manhattan, #7) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

an-honorable-manBlurb:
Officer Danny Finnegan loves his job. As one of the youngest faces on the police force, he has taken on the challenge of going undercover to catch a serial killer in Manhattan. Ten rent boys have been murdered, and Danny knows it won’t be long before another one turns up dead in an alley. He and his partner, Tiernan Callahan, gear up to hit the seedy side of the city that never sleeps. There’s only one problem. They need help to make Danny’s cover convincing.

Bobby Laughlin left the back streets of Manhattan behind when he came way too close to becoming another number in the rent boy killings. He spends most of his time on Fire Island working at a bar. He is trying to get his life back on track when officer Danny Finnegan walks back into his life. Bobby was attracted to Danny the first time he saw him — when the boyish-looking cop took Bobby’s statement after a client beat him brutally. Working with the the sexy cop could be dangerous. It would put him right back on the streets he’s been trying so hard to avoid.

Bobby reluctantly takes on the task of teaching Danny how to work the streets. As things heat up on the case and in their hearts, Bobby finds himself falling for Danny, and Danny has eyes only for Bobby.

But can they catch a killer before one of them ends up as the next headline?

Review:
I’ve really enjoyed reading this one right after finishing the sixth book. I loved Bobby – love his character that is so similar to Ryan in most aspect but way more explored. I also adore Danny! The guy is perfection!

I was able to guess who the serial killer is midway through the story and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book. The story revolves more about the development of the relationship of the main couple here. I loved the vibrant character of Danny. He’s just so adorable! Bobby, as I’ve said is an absolute replica of Ryan from the last book but he still complemented Danny in every way.

The sixth book is enjoyable but this one is far more meaty in terms of plot lines. It’s very easy and very fun to read! I just loved everything about it!

Now, I am very excited to read the next book which I’m hoping will be involving a drag queen and a playboy cop!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Author
I have been blessed in this life to not only have parents that support me, but kids that do as well. I grew up in a loving but “Old School” French household. My parents worked for the airlines (TWA) so I was able to see a lot of Europe as a kid. I moved to Seattle Washington at the age of 22 and stayed there for twelve years before moving to Alaska for a little over two. Fairbanks, AK was one hell of an experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back! I spent a little over a year in South Carolina before moving back to Arizona. I then left for Kansas for five years and now reside in Arizona. I’ve been connected to the military in one way or another for over half my life and wouldn’t change a thing about it. Writing has become my full time job and I’ve never been so happy doing a job I love and being able to do it in my jammies. I plan on writing until I dry up and die. Hopefully, that won’t happen soon!

Book Review: A Selfless Man (Men of Manhattan, #6) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

a-selfless-manBlurb:
Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he’s never had before.

Hope.

For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he’s finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who’s been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan’s alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame?
Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?

Review:
I’ve never been a fan of the two Callahan brothers – Michael and Tiernan got me reeling mad while reading Casper and Spencer’s story but they were able to redeem themselves from the last book in the series.

This story is pretty straight forward just like the rest of the series’ installments. Both Michael and Ryan are likable. Unlike the rest of the series tho, it does not have a major conflict. I liked that in some stories and I liked that in here. I feel like Ryan have had enough so I was sure glad tha he got his happy ever after without much fuzz.

This is where we see Casper and Spencer getting married so that’s a bonus for us fans of the series! They are my favorite so that should make the book more enticing if you’re a fan of the couple like moi!

I’m writing this review after reading it’s seventh book so just a bit of a spoiler (well, not really) rather a reminder, you should pay attentio to the side characters in this book because they will play a role in Bobby and Danny’s story (Book 7)

Overall, it’s a quick read. It was nice seeing some familiar characters and I loved that the author is continuing this series because I just effing loved it!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About the Author
I have been blessed in this life to not only have parents that support me, but kids that do as well. I grew up in a loving but “Old School” French household. My parents worked for the airlines (TWA) so I was able to see a lot of Europe as a kid. I moved to Seattle Washington at the age of 22 and stayed there for twelve years before moving to Alaska for a little over two. Fairbanks, AK was one hell of an experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back! I spent a little over a year in South Carolina before moving back to Arizona. I then left for Kansas for five years and now reside in Arizona. I’ve been connected to the military in one way or another for over half my life and wouldn’t change a thing about it. Writing has become my full time job and I’ve never been so happy doing a job I love and being able to do it in my jammies. I plan on writing until I dry up and die. Hopefully, that won’t happen soon!

Book Review: A Marked Man (Assassin/ Shifter #1) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

A Marked ManSandrine Gasq-Dion is one of my go-to authors whenever I feel like reading light-feel books. And this book falls between too angsty and too light.

Mateo Esposito loves his job as a hired assassin by the US Government. When he lands a job to get rid of CEO Riley Flynn of Flynn Electronics, something does not sit right with him and for the first time in his career – he begun to question himself.

Riley Flynn was comfortably hiding in the closet but has always wonder how it would feel to be with a man – when he crossed path with Mateo, something tells him that things are just about to change.

Now this one I find sweet and just  a-okay. It’s not exactly as memorable as the other stories from the author but it’s alright. I didn’t connect well with both characters but loved the way the story developed and its introduction of other characters. I must admit that I got a bit surprised with the little twist behind one of Mateo’s friend and the assignment to get rid of Riley. I thought that was really good.

The secondary characters are okay as well but I didn’t remember their names that much so I really have to find some time to read the succeeding stories in the series. This was definitely a great start of a series if I’m being honest. Not spectacularly good but definitely a good starter.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published January 10th 2012 by DIASQ

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Book Review: A Healing Man (Men Of Manhattan Book 5) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

A Healing Man[Book 5 of Men Of Manhattan Series]

Wow. Who would’ve thought that a “hated*” character from this series would be able to redeem himself 360 degrees and be one of the most adorable and charming characters ever to come out from said series!?! I didn’t think it’s possible to like the bigoted Tiernan Callahan after what he and his family did to his brother’s fiancé  but Sandrine was able to transform all those negatives into positives and made this stubborn Irishman fell for the equally stubborn “wounded warrior” Dario Ramos [Slater Cassidy’s best friend]  no less! Yikes! It should have been a disaster from the start right? But nope people, it was actually a match made in heaven!

Dario Ramos is still recovering from his injury which sent him home from the war-zone he’s been trying to get over with. But there was another battle he’s got to face when he keeps on crossing path with the bigoted New York cop Tiernan Callahan.

Raised from a religious-family, Tiernan Callahan is still mourning the death of his younger brother who died without spilling his secret of being gay and being engaged with another man for fear of rejection from his family thus the guilt and anger he carries around. When he keeps on running into Dario Ramos, something inside him awaken.

AHM

Something’s gotta give between these two stubborn men and they also both need to heal in order to feel and understand each other…

When I first found out that there’ll be a fifth book and it’ll feature Ramos, I got all giddy because I loved this series and I loved Ramos! I loved that he’s feisty and doesn’t take shit from anyone! I was a bit apprehensive though when the author mentioned that he’ll be coupled with one of the Callahan brothers (huh! the bigots who mistreated Casper, their brother’s fiancé!) – I effin’ hated them in the third book –but yeah, I guess they atleast have to grovel so hard in order to be at least likable.

Funny though because everything seemed to settle down with the Callahan brothers and they became these adorable twins in this book, like seriously, Miss Gasq-Dion – you’re killing me with all the feels here!

Out of all the books in the series, I think this one along with A Fighting Man (yay! What a coincidence!) are the most solid story-wise. I loved the chemistry between Dario and Tiernan, the low angst and the secondary characters that were introduced here! Oh Gawd! Now, I cannot wait to have Danny and Bobby’s story [please write one for them] and of course, Michael and Ryan as well!

What else can I say about this book? It’s a signature Sandrine-Gasq Dion novel and it’s effin’ fabulous so go ahead and download it now!!!!!!!! Cmon’ whatchawaitinfor????!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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photos of tiernan and dario via michael stokes and mirror.co.uk

Book Review: Gabriel’s Fall – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Gabriel's FallGabriel’s Fall is a short story preceded by Second Time Around but can be read as a standalone. This story is about the ultimate sacrifice for love. I read this after reading Second Time Around featuring the character of Maverick and Ronin – try reading their story first before this one to easily recognize the secondary characters and the whole feel of the accompanying story.

 This time though, angel Gabriel [not THAT Gabriel ^_^] found himself falling for his charge Luke. [Gabriel was the twink angel] in Second Time Around. It was a beautiful story that speaks volume about true love.

I dunno why I’m so into “angels” story now but I just loved me some HEA with these heavenly creatures. It’s  sure gonna be a happy ending after all right? Once again, Sandrine-Gasq-Dion weaved a beautiful novella that perfectly resonates with the whole feel of the, shall I say series or accompanying books? Either way, this one totally made me smile all throughout.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Second Time Around – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Second Time AroundIt’s always nice reading a feel good story that leaves you smiling from ear to ear long after turning its last page. Second Time Around is a short story that tells the story of love lost and love found.

Ronin Eastland lost his partner of 12 years in a drunken driving accident. Truly heartbroken and devastated, he found himself slowly deteriorating determined to follow the love of his life.

Marverick Holliday wasn’t supposed to die just yet – he still got a whole life to spend with Ronin. The twink looking angel told him that he could go back to Ronin but he won’t remember who he was in previous life.

And there’s Maverick Cruise, an ER doctor who winds up treating Ronin Eastand. For some reason, Maverick instantly felt drawn to the handsome widower.

Will they ever reunite again? Is their love strong enough to recognize each other?

Interesting plot yeah? I mean, yes it’s totally cliché and so chick-litish but c’mon – you gotta love a well-written romantic fantasy every now and then. I know I do. It’s a short read but is very satisfying. I loved the whole soulmate thingy and the heaven / angel’s angle was pretty nice. The twink angel was pretty funny though. Sandrine Gasq-Dion is one fine story-teller and if you’re in the mood for some good reading – this one’s definitely for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: A Working Man (Men Of Manhattan Book 4) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

A Working Man[Book 4 of Men Of Manhattan series]

I do love the characters in this series. We see a lot of them in this installment but this story is focused on Hawke’s Advertising owner Matthew Hawke who at thirty-eight decided that he’s actually more into men. Then he meets Drakon (weird name yeah?) at the gym and hit it off right away. With a very low self-esteem, Drakon didn’t think that he’s capable of doing something bigger despite having a degree and knowing a lot of stuff. Matt however sees his worth but also didn’t want to push Drakon too hard fearing that by doing so, he’d lose the man but first, he’s got to let him know the truth about him.

The story was very contrived from the beginning what will all the coincidence of all their meetings but it was smooth flowing all throughout. I loved that there was no big brouhaha on their relationship. It was like all of their concerns are merely small things that they could work on right away and then can live happily ever after. I mentioned how contrived the story was and maybe it was – with all of the gay couple in the series, the acceptance of their respective families and I don’t know – their circle was like a gay mecca of some sort. I’m not complaining about it but I can’t help but smirked in my head about the incredulity of it at some point. But hey, I loved this series so far and I can’t wait to see more of the characters have their own story. I’m particularly looking forward on reading Ryan and Ramos’s story (the homophobic Callahan brothers would be a dream for them, tbh)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Published September 24th 2014 by Wilde City Press

Book Review: A Fighting Man (Men Of Manhattan Book 3) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

A Fighting Man[Book 3 of Men Of Manhattan Series]

This third book in the series is definitely my favorite so far. The story centers on Army Ranger Slater Cassidy (Yup, Spencer’s younger brother) and his mission to win the heart of the gorgeous Casper Kennedy. They first met when Slater took a leave from the service and since then, it became apparent that he won’t stop until Casper gives him the time of day. Casper’s refusal to go out with him truly puzzled the army ranger and he’s willing to do everything to break Casper’s barriers. What he found out though was something closer to him than he expected and there may just be a way to change Casper’s mind and heart.

I just totally loved this story. I thought Slater’s a total walking wet dream and he’s a character rom-com chic flicks are made of! Casper on the other hand was a total darling! Although I feel that his character was a bit underdeveloped, I loved the fact that he just seems like a regular guy. I enjoyed their easy chemistry and could totally feel for Casper. The story was way more realistic than the rest of the series so far and I loved that the author tackled this very subject.

The secondary characters here are also fun to read and the introduction of new characters was just very exciting! I cannot wait to read more about them.  This was a very good bump for the series – a beautifully told story about second chances in love.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: A Marrying Man (Men Of Manhattan Book 2) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

A Marrying Man[Book 2 Of Men Of Manhattan Series]

Now it’s Blaine McKlintock’s turn to get his own love story out there. Still trying to make up from the disastrous bet he had with his best friend Kent Samson who almost lost Terry Barron in the process, he now found himself in the midst of planning their wedding. That is with the help of Terry’s boss and friend – Spencer Cassidy whom he’d a crush on since the latter’s Wall Street days. Blaine changed a lot since the bet and so as Spencer through the years. Will there be a chance for them in this game?

I totally loved Blaine’s character. I thought he’s very charming here and obviously a changed man this time. A change which I didn’t quite get at first because it was a total 180 degrees, like’s he’s somehow lost that bravado, that fun attitude. He did change but it was too much in my opinion. I feel like Spencer was almost dominating him. I do not share the opinion of him and Spencer having that great chemistry if I’m being honest. I just don’t see it. As much as I adored Blaine’s character, I didn’t like this couple that much. I actually enjoyed more of Slater Cassidy (Spencer’s brother) and Casper Kennedy (Blaine’s secretary). I am very much looking forward to reading the third book in the series because right off this book, I could already tell how much fun Slater is. Going back to the main couple, I’m not really a fan but hey – maybe, I’ll learn to appreciate them in the coming books.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: A Betting Man (Men Of Manhattan Book 1) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

A Betting Man[Book 1 of Men Of Manhattan Series]

Out on a bet with his best friend Blaine to win the heart of the first person to come through their office door, Kent Samson, an ad exec from a prestigious ad agency in New York never imagined that he’s going to win over Terry Baron’s heart easily and actually fall for the guy himself.       Both of them are keeping secrets and are escaping from their past. But when shit totally hits the fan – will the repercussion be more than they can handle?

I liked that this story was written so flawlessly aiming to be an easy read. It’s fast, fun and the characters are very much likeable. It also set up a lot of characters that we’ll surely be seeing in the upcoming books in the series. I always find it funny trying to separate the distinction of characters that are going “gay-for-one-guy” and claiming “bisexuality.” Or are they simply the same? Anyway, on with the book – I loved that the author made this story unrealistically pleasant – like everyone was so accepting and it’s all rainbows and butterflies. I mean, it’s always good to read something that will make you feel good and actually root for the characters that you’re reading. I’d say this was a really good start of a series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5